The No. 2 man in Mexico's government quit Friday, angry about criticism of his handling of the upcoming presidential elections.
But President Carlos Salinas de Gortari rejected the resignation of Jorge Carpizo as secretary of the Interior, who presides over the Federal Election Institute."I am more than angry. I am indignant and disillusioned," Carpizo said in a letter of resignation.
An aide close to Carpizo said the resignation followed a stormy session of the institute last Saturday in which he was accused of scheming to rig the elections.
The aide, who insisted on anonymity, said a representative of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party accused Carpizo of trying to tamper with the voter registration rolls.
Carpizo mentioned no names in his letter of resignation but said he was highly upset by the attacks by one of the political parties.